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Windows DVD Maker centering videos?
August 19, 2012 7:18 PM   Subscribe

Windows DVD Maker - the files I want to burn are 16:9. The setting for DVD Aspect Ratio in WDM is 16:9. The TV it is being played on is 16:9. The resulting DVD is 16:9 but...

The video on the burned DVD only takes up the center 50% of the TV screen. The 50% of the real estate of the TV screen ALL THE WAY AROUND around the video is just black.

Imagine a tic-tac-toe board made from pillarboxing and letterboxing simultaneously. The video is in the center square (rectangle).

The source files are of sufficient size that the DVD video should fill the screen.

HALP!!

:-)
posted by sandra_s to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Does it play the same way when you play it on your computer's DVD player software?

I don't use Windows DVD Maker, so can't speak to its suitability.
posted by Gridlock Joe at 7:27 PM on August 19, 2012


Guess: You have an HD tv (1080p) but an SD DVD (640p).

The tv is set to play "exact pixel size," rendering it as a small shape in the middle. Your tv probably has a "zoom" mode that would make it fill the screen, through the quality would degrade a bit.

The source files are of sufficient size that the DVD video should fill the screen.
The resolution of the source files isn't really relevant b/c unless it's a Blu Ray burner, a standard dvd is only 640p or something.
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:47 PM on August 19, 2012


Is there an option anywhere in your software to use "anamorphic" video? You want that. I think you've burned your DVD with letterboxes built in and your TV can't help but show it that way, show it's showing it at 4:3 with letterboxes, making it 16:9.
posted by bensherman at 8:25 PM on August 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


The video file on a DVD is always 720*480. That's in the specification.

The aspect ratio is a value in the DVD header that tells the player whether to stretch the image (for 16:9) or shrink it (for 4:3). When it's stretched, then the size will be 853*480. When it's shrunk, it will be 640*480.

Some players have the ability to resize that to larger resolutions, but many do not. Some TVs can take a small video and expand it to full screen, but often you have to manually turn that on. If you don't, what you'll get is 853*480 or 640*480 displayed in the middle of a huge screen, most of which is black.

The source files are of sufficient size that the DVD video should fill the screen.

The resolution of the source files doesn't matter. The DVD mastering program will resize them down to 720*480, according to specification.

If you want higher resolution than that on your disc, you have to use BD.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 8:52 PM on August 19, 2012


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